About Lisa


Lisa Jacobson is an award-winning Australian poet, fiction writer and essayist.

Her verse novel, South in the World, won the 2014 Adelaide Festival John Bray Poetry Award and was shortlisted in four other national awards, including the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the inaugural Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing.

Her poetry collection Hair & Skin & Teeth (Five Islands Press, 1995) and was shortlisted in the National Book Council Awards.

Lisa’s poetry and fiction writing have been published in Australia, Canada, the USA, UK and Indonesia. Poetry and fiction have won the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize, the Harri Jones Memorial Prize, HQ magazine’s Short Story Award and Stand magazine’s International Short Story Competition. Her work is represented in Heinemann’s Best Short Stories (UK), The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse, Scorched: Penguin’s Australian Summer Stories, The Best Australian Poems 2010, Australian Love Poems 2013 and Axdrian Hyland’s account of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, Kinglake 350.

Lisa’s new collection of poetry is South in the World (UWA Publishing, 2014). See News for further details.

She lives on the northern fringe of Melbourne with her partner and daughter.

Author photo by Hayley Austen